Nigeria: Ekiti spends N290M on teachers’ training
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
The Universal Basic Education board (SUBEB), in Ekiti State, south-west of Nigeria, has expended over N290 million on specialized training of teachers in public schools to boost efficiency and professionalism in the state education sector.
The Permanent Secretary of SUBEB in the State, Mr. Boluwaji Ogundare made this known in Ado-Ekiti while delivering a paper titled: Education as sole human enterprise” at the monthly peer review meeting of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with the State Head of Service.
Mr. Ogundare who is on the verge of retiring from the Civil Service, added that apart from expending a substantial portion of its resources on provision of instructional materials and basic infrastructure, the board has also strengthened its supervisory an monitoring arm in order to ensure that the entire 8637 teaching staff spread across 898 public primary schools in the 16 local government areas of the state are alive to their responsibilities of providing good quality services that would make their pupils morally sound and equipped to be useful to themselves and the society in future.
He noted that the Fayose administration was obviously aware of the importance of basic education to early childhood development and the fact that it is the foundation to the educational development of the child which according to him is why the training and welfare of teachers remains a top priority in the State.
Attributing the achievements recorded by the Board in spite of the prevailing economic downturn to the determination of the present administration to improve the education sector as well as the diligence and commitment of workers, Ogundare said that the State can currently boast of 150,057 pupils’ enrollment in public primary
schools in the State.
Earlier in his remarks, the state’s Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka had commended Ogundare for an enviable public service career; saying that the retiring permanent secretary was asked to deliver a valedictory paper as a way of sharing his wealth of experience with workers who are still in service.
The State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Eegunjobi who also attended the review meeting commended Ogundare for being illustrious and committed to excellence.
Permanent Secretaries, Executive Secretaries and Directors who attended the meeting showered encomiums on Ogundare; who they noted he had provided quality leadership in the education sector where he started his career as an Education Officer.